1. Did the invitations for tenders for the construction of the new Quebec bridge call for a carriage way as well as a railway over the new bridge, or was the carriage way left to the option of the tenderers?
1. The official design provided for a railway, street railway and roadways, but tenderers were asked in addition, to submit designs of their own and alternate designs were submitted, in addition to tenders on the official design, by the following:
The Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nurem-berg, A. G. Werk Gustavsburg, Brucken-bauanstalt (in Gustavsburg) Germany;
The Pennsylvania Steel Company and
The St. Lawrence Bridge Company.
The British Empire Company being the only one that did not submit an alternate design.
2. A report was made signed by Messrs. H. E. Vautelet, Ralph Modjeski and Charles Macdonald, dated 26th October, 1910, stating that a satisfactory bridge, could be erected on the official design, or on either of the several designs submitted by the St. Lawrence Bridge Company. The Minister of Railways replied, requesting the Board to supplement that statement by a more positive one, as to which of the designs they named was the best, and requiring the Board to make a recommendation, as he considered that part of the duties for which they were engaged. A report was then made by Messrs. Ralph Modjeski, C.E., and Charles Macdonald, C.E., members of the Board, recommending the adoption of one design submitted by the St. Lawrence Bridge Company; the chairman Mr. H. E. Vautelet, dissenting. Under the order in council, appointing the board, it was provided that, -where differences arose, two additional engineers should be called in to assist in deciding the difference. Under this order Messrs. Henry W. Hodge, C.E., member American Society Civil Engineers and M. J. Butler, C.E., formerly deputy minister and chief engineer of the department were called in. As a result of their meeting, on the 11th February, 1911, a report was made recommending the acceptance of design ' B ' of the St. Lawrence Bridge Company. This design included all the accommodations for traffic provided in the official design. This report was signed by Messrs. M. J. Butler, Henry W. Hodge, Ralph Modjeski and Charles Macdonald, chairman, pro tern. In this report attention was also called to the fact
if the government desired it ' the highways can now be omitted without changing the above recommendation, or delaying the progress of the work.' After a full consideration, the government decided to build a railway bridge with footwalks, and on the 14th March, 1911, a report was signed by Messrs. Macdonald, Modjeski and Hodge, recommended that a contract with the St. Lawrence Bridge Company for the superstructure of a bridge of this character, by which a saving of $2,600,000 could be made, This design is, in every way, similar to design * B ' which was recommended by the Board, except that it provides, only, for the railway and footwalks.
3. 31st March, 1911, at 9.02 cents per pound.
4. President and manager, Phelps Johnson, vice-president, F. C. McMath, directors: Phelps Johnson, Charles Cassils, F.
L. Wamklyn, G. H. Duggan, and J. F. Weber, Montreal; F. C. McMath, Willard Pope and Bernard Colbrun, of Waikerviile.
1. A large deposit was thought necessary and each tenderer was asked to deposit a
cheque for $500,000. The following cheques were received: The Maschineniabrik Augs-burg-Nuremberg, A.G. accepted cheque for $500,000 on the Canadian Bunk of Commerce payable, to the Minister of Railways and Canals and signed by the manager of the bank; The Pennsylvania Steel Company, accepted cheque for $500,000 on the Bank of Montreal, payable to the Minister of Railways and Canals, signed Pennsylvania Steel Company, per Edward M. Smith; The British Empire Company, accepted cheque for $500,000 on the Bank of Montreal payable to the Minister of Railways and Canals signed by tne manager and accountant; The St. Lawrence Bridge Company, two accepted cheques of $250,000 each ($500,000) on the Bank of Montreal, payable to the Minister of Railways and Canals, one signed by the Dominion Bridge Company, Limited and the other by the Canadian Bridge Company, Limited.
2. The British Empire Company's deposit was an accepted cheque for $500,000 on the Bank of Montreal.
3. Cheques of the Maschineniabrik Augs-burg-Nuremberg A. G. the Pennsylvania Steel Company the British Empire Company were received on the 30th September, 1910, and that of the St. Lawrence Bridge Company, on the 1st October, 1910. Cheques were returned to the unsuccessful tenderers on the 6th April, 1911.
4. Received on the 30th September and returned on the 6th April.
5. No. Interest is not paid on such deposits, but interest is allowed to the successful tenderer when the contract is awarded and the cheque has been sent to the Finance Department,
1. What amount has been spent by the Harbour Commissioners of Montreal for the Lau-rier reception on the return of the First Minister from his recent voyage?
2. What special sums have been expended, respectively, in ornamentation of streets, buildings and public places, in illumination and flags, in fireworks, and other general expenses in connection with the said reception.
Subtopic: LALTRIER RECEPTION AT MONTREAL.
1. There is no special train for the purpose of carrying Toronto newspapers to London at any hour. What is probably referred to is the regular mail train leaving Toronto at 2.55 a.m., and which costs the department $40,650.
2. There is no correspondence except the reports of the officers of the department who deal with these matters.
Action was taken in response to repeated representations toy the representatives of the western peninsula of Ontario that, owing to the hour at which trains left Toronto at night, and the fact that trains left Toronto m the morning at an hour too late to make connection with trains leaving London and other points, unnecessary delay was occasioned to important mails, not only for the western and northwestern portions of On-tano tout for important points in the Central, Western and Eastern States.
3. The train leaving Toronto at 6.20 a.m reaching Hamilton, 7.40 a.m. and London, 10.56 a.m., too late to make any connections with outgoing trains.
4. Answered by No. 1.
5. Newspapers contribute nothing to this train whatever.
6- The mail service between Toronto and Ottawa, Montreal and other eastern points is a direct one to these points alone, and' does not involve the delaying of mails for
TTS-?n,,t o?0lnta' either in Canada or the United States owing to failure to make connections with outgoing trains; and the amount of mail accumulating for Montreal Uttawa, and other points between the tinn of departure at night and that of the nex morning to these same points- is not suffi cient to warrant the expense of such ; train.
Subtopic: SPECIAL NEWSPAPER TRAINS.
3 Major Hallick of the Ordnance Corps left Ottawa Friday night, arrived in Toronto Saturday morning, where he found 500 tents and 4,000 blankets and a detachment of men awaiting him; he then immediately left for the burnt district with the men and stores.
4. No delay.
5. Before obtaining proper authority from Privy Council with a view to meeting the emergency, the full value of the equipment desired was requested by an official of the Militia Department. Free issue was however authorized by the Privv Council.
SMELT FISHING IN NOVA SCOTIA. Mr. JAMESON:
L Have any requests or petitions been received from Nova Scotia smelt fishermen, or on their behalf, of recent years, for a change in the open season for the taking of smelts with bag-nets?1 If so, from what localities, and what alteration in the season was requested ?
2. What action, if any, was taken by the department with'respect to such requests?
3. Is it the intention to make any change in the_ dates of the open season to meet the conditions adversely affecting the smelt fishermen in the localities complained from ?
4. What was the number of bag-net licenses issued to smelt fishermen in each county in Nova Scotia for the year ending 31st March, 1911?
5. What was the total number of licenses of the class mentioned issued for Nova Scotia during each of the past ten years, the quantity of smelts taken yearly by such method during the same period in that province, and the number of persons engaged in the fishery conducted under such license?
Subtopic: PORCUPINE FIRE SUFFERERS.